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The experience of being pulled in by a good story is like no other. Witty words and effortless anecdotes draw you in as if you were in the story and it almost seems wrong to leave without hearing it in its entirety. I love filmmaking because I get to do just that. Although not a master of words, through film I get to visually craft an idea and tell a story in a whole new way.
Below you'll find a selection of projects that I've worked on over the past few years. Some are for professional organizations and some are my own personal projects. I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them.
A Call for Volunteers // Syrian Refugee Response, Saint John, NB
I teamed up with the YMCA/Newcomer Connections to create a video that communicates the joys and challenges of being part of a welcome team to a Syrian refugee family. I also got to work with an energetic, funny, and very enthusiastic welcome team volunteer named Holly McKay. In this short video, Holly describes what it's like to be part of a welcome team and encourages you to get involved.
For more information or to volunteer, visit: ymcanewcomers.com
YMCA of Greater Saint John // Newcomer Connections
I recently had the opportunity to work with the YMCA of Greater Saint John in creating a promotional film for their Newcomer Connections Centre. This was easily one of my favorite projects to work on. It involved shooting at a number of different events, with many wonderful people from all around the world. In particular, I had the privilege of working with a man named "Winter". Winter moved to Saint John from China to give his family a better life. Like so many other immigrants and refugees in Saint John, Winter received support from Newcomer Connections through various services, including English classes and employment training. The Centre also supports newcomers in other ways, depending on what needs they have when they arrive. It was a pleasure to tell the story of how Newcomer Connections is providing community to so many newcomers who now call Saint John home.
For more information visit: www.ymcanewcomers.com
The Community Chaplain Service of Canada
In this promotional film for the Community Chaplain Service of Canada, I aimed to show the importance of the work they do in nursing homes and special care homes all across Canada. The Chaplaincy Service provides spiritual care for senior citizens through trained volunteers who meet with residents in a one-on-one setting, and in group meetings. During visits, chaplains often read scripture, pray, or simply spend time in conversation with residents. As the number of nursing home residents continues to grow, the Community Chaplain Service is looking for more volunteers to meet the need.
For more information or to volunteer, please visit: communitychaplaincanada.org
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Saint John
The staff at the Pregnancy Resource Center of Saint John aim to support people from all different walks of life at a very personal level. To highlight their relational approach, we chose to feature the story of one woman who has greatly benefited from the relationships and support of a pregnancy resource center. Throughout the film you learn her story, as well as how the PRC of Saint John works to provide both material and emotional support to women and men in similar circumstances.
For more information visit: www.prcsj.ca
"Don't Think Twice It's Alright" performed by Tomato/Tomato
To me John and Lisa McLaggan aren't just a cool, folk duo from Saint John, New Brunswick - they're also my former university professors while I was a music student at St. Francis Xavier University. After not seeing them for over 10 years, we ended up running into one another at one of their gigs last summer. And after a bit of chatting we came to realize the obvious: we need to work together on a project. The result was an afternoon of filming five live performances at their home studio in Grand Bay. One of my favorite performances from that day comes in the form of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright".
For more information visit: www.tomatotomato.ca
Two Seconds in Japan
In May of 2015 my wife and I took a trip to Kyoto, Japan to attend the wedding of a close friend. As we spent time exploring the city I filmed a series of short clips highlighting scenes that were both common and interesting - at least they were to me. This short video is meant to give you a very brief look into life in beautiful Kyoto, Japan.
Interview with Antigonish Fiddler: Clifford Mattie
While growing up in Nova Scotia I often heard my grandfather playing the fiddle. I did not, however, hear him do a lot of talking. As a result I had the idea of making a short film where I was able to sit down with him and ask some personal questions. He shared about growing up, learning the fiddle as a young boy, getting married, and nearly being sent off to war. He also played a few tunes for us, including the only song he has ever written: "Annie's Reel", named after my late grandmother.
Helen + Rana // Hindu Wedding Ceremony
Helen and Rana's wedding is a perfect example of why I love telling stories through film. There were so many incredible sights and sounds going on that day - more than what could be captured in photographs alone. However, the initial plan was to do just that - photograph it. But after thinking it over I realized that this ceremony would have some so many incredible sights and sounds going on, it would be a mistake not to capture it through film as well. Looking back, I am glad that we made that choice.
Walk for Life // Thank You
Sometimes planning an entire film is the way to go, and sometimes you just gotta capture the good times rollin'. For this Thank You video from the Pregnancy Resource Center of Saint John I choose option #2. With so many happy faces and fun activities going on I was able to easily grab enough shots to put together this short piece, which was used as further promotion for a great cause.
For more information: www.prcsj.ca
Birthday Song for a Hipster
While attending St. FX University my buddies and I would often write birthday songs for our good friends. To our shame one of our closest friends, Bethany, never had a birthday song written for her. Years later, my wife and I decided it was time for that to change. And to make it even more special, we created a music video to go along with it. We hope it brings a smile to your face as it did hers. Enjoy!
Maybe you've got a story to tell but you're not sure how to do it. Whether it's a brand, a music video, an event, or something else entirely different - send me your idea and let’s connect. The process often starts with emails, phone conversations and meetings over coffee to brainstorm ideas. After the planning stage is complete, the real fun takes place with shooting and post-production. Each part is essential, and each part plays an important role in telling your story. Get in touch via social media or the contact form below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.